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Old 05-22-2003, 03:18 AM
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I want to take the next step and get a more complex radio, probably a 6 channel. So far, i have narrowed it down to 2:

- The Futaba 6XAPS (or maybe the 6XHPS. I heard that if you are going to buy a radio, you should get the heli version)
- The JR 662

Could you help me make up my mind?

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Old 05-23-2003, 01:35 AM
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Ican't speak for the jr radio as I don't have much experience with them. The 6XA is a very nice radio and has most of the programming features. If you are planning to fly heli's you will want to get the heli version as it has some nice heli mixing features. If you don't plan on helis than the regular 6XA would be ok. One nice feature of the 6XA is that you can change the frequency by just switching the crystal and not a whold module like some of the other 8 or 9 channel radios. You would have to have the set, for the TX and RX to do this. The main difference in the heli version would be some of the mixing capabilities and the fact that the throttle stick does not have a ratchet on it, but that is about all.
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Originally posted by motorbroker
One nice feature of the 6XA is that you can change the frequency by just switching the crystal and not a whold module like some of the other 8 or 9 channel radios [/B]
Keith In the United States you may want to consider that Tx crystal switching is illegal without a retuning and there are ramifacations beyond just whether or not it works in your radio. This is exactly why modules were devised containing all the 'frequency determining circuitry' in the first place to allow channel changes without retuning.

You can change Rx crystals all you want however.

If you do a search on crystal swapping you will indeed find it eye opening.

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John - Isn't it amazing how a member since September hasn't learned that yet. The discussion crops up almost every other week.

In North America (and some other countries too) it is illegal to swap transmitter crystals, and it is legal to swap receiver crystals. The only legal ways to change TX channels in North America are:
  • Use a synthesized Tx (click here) or a synthesized RF module (click here)
  • Use swappable RF modules (a crystal is NOT a module)
  • Send the Tx to a sevice center for re-tuning after changing crystals
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Also, the heli version of the 6XAS has the same programming. Both versions have heli and air programming.
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You might want to put the Hitec Eclipse 7 on your list of radios to compare; it only costs a few dollars more but has far more capability than either of the two radios you mentioned.

Here's the info: http://www.hitecrcd.com/Radios/eclipse.htm
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You may want to consider the new Futaba 6EXA computer radio. Tower. It's an entry level computer radio and Tower Hobbies has it available for $179.99.

I ordered one yesterday.

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Thanks for all your help.

I think i'll probably go Futaba. The only difference between the Futaba and the JR is that Futaba has a dial, and JR has auto-saving trims
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Old 05-25-2003, 06:26 AM
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Does the Hitec Eclipse 7 have dials on it? How much of a good idea are they?
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